Essay about Oedipus: the Mysteries of Fate

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Oedipus: The Mysteries of Fate

Robert Choi

Among the first thing a historian discovers in his study of early civilization are records of people's belief, or faith, in powers greater than themselves, and their desire to understand what causes these powers to act.
People everywhere wonder about the marvelous things in the sky and on the earth.
What makes the rain? How do the plants and animals live and grow and die? Why are some people lucky and others unlucky? Some believe in free will while others believe in fate or destiny. In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles,
Oedipus was a true victim of fate. Gods and goddesses were believed to be responsible for the wonders of science, and the vagaries of human nature; therefore,
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A fight started, and Oedipus, in self- defense, killed the old man and his attendants. The old man in the chariot was
Lauis, king of Thebes, and the father of Oedipus. Although Oedipus had not known it, he had killed his father and the first half of the prophecy of Apollo was fulfilled. Oedipus continued on his way and arrived at Thebes. He solved a riddle which saved the city from the sphinx. He became the king of Thebes, and then married a lady by the name of Jocasta. The prophecy of Apollo was now completely fulfilled. Oedipus having no knowledge of Apollo's prophecy being true, cursed the individual who killed Laius to be banished from Thebes forever.
After putting two and two together, it was he, Oedipus, who had killed Laius, his own father. He did not go back on his word, and like a man, he dethroned himself as king, and banished himself from Thebes. Once again, he was destined to be dethroned and banished.

Comparing my life with Oedipus', I've discovered a great deal about free choice and destiny. I learned that one day, you can be the richest person alive, yet be the poorest person the next day and vice versa. In life, anything can happen, whether it is expected or unexpected. That is when fate overrides and overpowers free will. Free will is a choice that an individual decides to do or accomplish. Destiny or fate is what just happens. No

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